Dota 2 9th August Patch – Content Analysis

August 10th, 2012 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »
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This week’s Dota 2 patch has once again deployed straight onto the live client bringing the much awaited Swap feature and more bug fixes etc. You can view the full changelog here.

Front End Changes *

Hero Models Broken Down *

We’ve a number of existing hero models being broken down in this patch to prepare them for cosmetic items.

Doombringer’s Model *

Default Parts:

Doom’s Weapon

Doom’s Helm

Doom’s Shoulder Armor

Doom’s Bracers

Doom’s Belt

Doom’s Wings

Doom’s Tail

Base Model:

Keeper of the Light’s Model *

Default Parts:

KotL Mount

KotL Staff

KotL Hood

KotL Skirt

KotL Horse Accessories

Base Model:

Mount Base Model:

Shadow Shaman’s Model *

Default Parts:

Shadow Shaman’s Weapon

Shadow Shaman’s Off-hand Weapon

Shadow Shaman’s Headdress

Shadow Shaman’s Armor

Shadow Shaman’s Stuff

Shadow Shaman’s Head

Base Model:

Warlock’s Model *

Default Parts:

Warlock’s Weapon

Warlock’s Off-hand Weapon

Warlock’s Head

Warlock’s Shoulder

Warlock’s Arms

Warlock’s Robe

Warlock’s Bag

Base Model:

Hero Animation Updates *

We’ve a few more animation updates again this week.

Anti-Mage’s Animations *

Anti-Mage now has a victory animation:

Crystal Maiden’s Animations *

Crystal Maiden now has a teleport animation:

Dragon Knight’s Animations *

Dragon Knight also has a victory animation now:

Hero Portrait Updates *

We’ve an update for one the existing hero portraits in this patch.

Windrunner’s Portrait *

Windrunner’s hero portrait has been updated to reflect her recent materials update.

Visual Updates *

The Radiant and Dire’s fountains both have some new effects in game.

Radiant Fountain *

The Effect:

In Game:

Dire Fountain *

The Effect:

In Game:

UI Updates *

Once again we’ve more UI updates, including the long awaited swap feature.

Swap UI *

You can now request to swap hero with another player on your team via the scoreboard, this must be done before the first creeps spawn and is currently not available in Single Draft mode.

Captain’s Mode UI *

The new CM UI has been updated again with a couple of new graphics and some slight tweaks in the colouring.

Chat is also now accessible whilst on the CM UI for the spectators:

Loadout UI *

The loadout UI has been updated to allow you to equip “player items” on any of the heroes and there’s also now a “Fan Item” slot.

Player Items:

Hero Items:

In Game Chat UI *

The in game chat UI has been updated for Dota TV spectators, you can now access the different dashboard chat tabs you’ve open and talk directly to them from in game.

Settings UI *

There’s now an option for adjusting the voice volume separate from the game volume, amending the issue that players were having where they were unable to hear the casters over the volume of the game sounds.

Faceless Void’s Timebreaker *

Last week the Dota 2 community discovered that one of the workshop items known as “Timebreaker” which had already been accepted and put into the game as an item for Faceless Void was actually a stolen model from the MMO “Aion”.

Valve has amended this issue by replacing the existing model with one of their own, the new item has also been classified as the first Vintage item in Dota 2, been updated to the “Immortal” quality and also given it’s own particle effect.

Timebreaker’s New Model:

Timebreaker In Game:

Timebreaker’s Particle Effect:

Back End Changes *

Updated Strings *

There’s now a message for when the opposing team steals the Aegis:

    "DOTA_Chat_AegisStolen"      "%s1 snatched the Aegis of the Immortal!"
									

Medusa is now in the hero list:

    "npc_dota_hero_medusa"        "Medusa"
									

Medusa’s ability strings:

    // MEDUSA
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot"                "Split Shot"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot_Description"          "Medusa magically splits her shot into five arrows. These arrows deal a lower percent of her normal damage.  The extra targets will not receive other attack effects (such as critical strike) and Unique Attack Modifiers."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot_Lore"              ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot_damage_modifier_tooltip"    "OUTGOING DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot_arrow_count"          "EXTRA TARGETS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_split_shot_range"              "RANGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake"                "Mystic Snake"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_Description"          "A mystic snake made of energy jumps from target to target dealing damage and stealing some mana. After it reaches its last target, it jumps back to Medusa to replenish it with mana. The snake deals more damage and steals more mana per jump."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_Lore"              ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_radius"            "JUMP RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_snake_damage"          "DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_snake_mana_steal"        "MANA STEAL:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mystic_snake_snake_scale"          "%DAMAGE/MANA SCALE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mana_shield"                "Mana Shield"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mana_shield_Description"          "Creates a shield that absorbs 50% of the incoming damage by using Medusa's mana."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mana_shield_Lore"              ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_mana_shield_damage_per_mana"        "DAMAGE PER MANA:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze"                "Stone Gaze"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze_Description"          "Any enemy units staring at the Gorgon will slowly turn to stone, removing status buffs and slowing all speed properties. Deals damage to summoned units and illusions."
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze_Lore"              ""
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze_radius"              "RADIUS:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze_summon_damage"          "ILLUSION DAMAGE:"
    "DOTA_Tooltip_ability_medusa_stone_gaze_attack_slow"          "%ATTACK SPEED SLOW:"
									

Strings for the updated loadout UI:

    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_NonHero_Show"      "SHOW PLAYER ITEMS"
    "DOTA_Hero_Selection_NonHero_Hide"      "SHOW HERO ITEMS"

    "DOTA_HS_NoItems_Title"            "NO HERO ITEMS AVAILABLE (YET)"
									

New dashboard game chat tab:

    "dota_chat_game_tab"                      "Game"
									

There’s now a “Watch the replay” option from the backpack, most likely will appear on the tournament dropped items:

    "DOTA_BackpackReplay"      "Watch the Replay"
									

We now have more tournament drop conditions:

    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_GameEnd"    "glorious victory"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_KillStreak"  "a bloody multi-kill"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_HeroDeny"    "a lucky allied hero denial"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_AegisDeny"    "a bold denial of the Aegis of the Immortal"
    "DOTA_TournamentDrop_AegisStolen"  "a surprise theft of the Aegis of the Immortal"

    "Attrib_MatchID"              "Match ID: %s1"
    "Attrib_GameTime"              "Event Time: %s1"
    
    "TE_FirstBlood"                "%s [%s] scored first blood against %s [%s] in %s of %s at %s on %s."
    "TE_GameEnd"                "%s defeated %s with a score of %i to %i in %s of %s at %s on %s."
    "TE_MultiKill"                "%s [%s] scored %s %s in %s of %s at %s on %s."
    "TE_HeroDeny"                "%s [%s] denied his ally %s [%s] in %s of %s at %s on %s."
    "TE_AegisDeny"                "%s [%s] destroyed the Aegis of the Immortal, denying %s its use in %s of %s at %s on %s."
    "TE_AegisStolen"              "%s [%s] unexpectedly snatched the Aegis of the Immortal, denying %s its use in %s of %s at %s on %s."

    
    "TE_MultiKill_DoubleKill"          "a double kill against"
    "TE_MultiKill_TripleKill"          "a triple kill against"
    "TE_MultiKill_QuadKill"            "an amazing ULTRA KILL against"
    "TE_MultiKill_QuintupleKill"        "a legendary RAMPAGE, killing every member of"    
									

New loadout slot “fan item”, most likely an item used when spectating a team playing in a tournament. Gangnam Style horn for Mouz please.

The schema also references to a “fanfare level” which may suggest that the fan item will most likely be used to show support for a specific team.

    "LoadoutSlot_Fan_Item"                "Fan Item"

    "387"
    {
      "name"    "fanfare level"
      "attribute_class"    "fanfare_level"
      "min_value"    "0"
      "max_value"    "1"
      "group"    "only_on_unique"
      "description_string"    "#Attrib_FanfareLevel"
      "description_format"    "value_is_additive"
      "hidden"    "0"
      "effect_type"    "positive"
      "stored_as_integer"    "0"
    }
									

Killeater events for the new strange modifiers:

    "KillEaterEventType_Axe_Culls"          "Enemies Culled"
    "KillEaterEventType_Axe_BattleHungerKills"    "Battle Hunger Kills"
    "KillEaterEventType_Axe_LowHealthKills"      "Near Death Kills"
    "KillEaterEventType_Axe_CalledDamageDone"    "Call Damage Done"
    "KillEaterEventType_Axe_CalledDamageTaken"    "Call Damage Taken"
									

New Invoker strange ranks:

    "InvokerRank0"        "Strange"
    "InvokerRank1"        "Superior"
    "InvokerRank2"        "Faultless"
    "InvokerRank3"        "Matchless"
    "InvokerRank4"        "Incomparable"
    "InvokerRank5"        "Peerless"
    "InvokerRank6"        "Supreme"
    "InvokerRank7"        "Unequaled"
    "InvokerRank8"        "Unrivaled"
    "InvokerRank9"        "Unparalleled"
    "InvokerRank10"        "Unsurpassable"
    "InvokerRank11"        "Inimitable"
    "InvokerRank12"        "Consummate"
    "InvokerRank13"        "Preeminent"
    "InvokerRank14"        "Paramount"
    "InvokerRank15"        "Transcendant"
    "InvokerRank16"        "Ultimate"
    "InvokerRank17"        "Perfect"
									

Unreleased Cosmetic Items *

We’ve a few more unreleased cosmetic items referenced in this patch.

Bloodseeker’s Items *

The Bloodlord’s item set from the workshop is now listed in the item schema.

http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=85764708

Sven’s Items *

The Rhuis Tuning-Fork from the workshop is now listed in the item schema.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=86701250

Tidehunter’s Items *

The headache item from the workshop is now listed in the item schema.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=85324761

Ursa’s Items *

The models for Ursa’s Nerubian set are now in the files.

Treasure Chests *

Invoker’s chest should now be going live very soon, it now has a loot list attached to it and some updated artwork.

Loot list:

Cape of the Burning Cabal
Crest of the Burning Cabal
Crest of the Magus Magnus
Bracers of Profound Perfection
Cape of Arcane Artistry
Hood of Endless Intellect

Potential Strange Modifiers:

Strange Modifier: Sunstrike Kills
Strange Modifier: Tornado Kills

Strange Modifiers *

We’ve a number of new Strange Modifiers in this patch.

Strange Modifier: Enemies Culled

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of enemies you’ve Culled as Axe.

Strange Modifier: Battle Hunger Kills

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of enemies you’ve killed with Battle Hunger as Axe.

Strange Modifier: Axe Near Death Kills

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of enemies you’ve killed while having less than 15% of your health as Axe.

Strange Modifier: Call Damage Done

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the amount of damage you’ve done to enemies under the effects of your Berserker’s Call as Axe.

Strange Modifier: Call Damage Taken

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the amount of damage you’ve taken from enemies under the effects of your Berserker’s Call as Axe.

Strange Modifier: Tornado Kills

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of enemies you’ve killed with Tornado as Invoker.

Strange Modifier: Multi-Hero Storm Hammers

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of your Storm Hammers that hit at least two enemy Heroes while wearing it as Sven.

Strange Modifier: Warcry Assists

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of enemy Heroes your Warcry-buffed allies kill while wearing it as Sven.

Strange Modifier: Multi-Hero Cleave Kills

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of times a single Cleave kills multiple enemy Heroes while wearing it as Sven.

Strange Modifier: Storm Hammer Teleport Interrupts

Adding this Strange Modifier to a strange item of your choice will allow it to also count the number of times your Storm Hammer interrupts an enemy Hero’s teleport while wearing it as Sven.

League Passes *

We’ve a couple of new league passes in this update.

AbsoluteArena King of the Hill

AbsoluteArena King of the Hill is a tournament consisting of a weekly match-up between two teams in a best-of-5 format. The first win is $100, and the prize increases every week by $100. Teams are able to win five games in a row ($1500) at which time the series starts over.

Razer Mini Madness

Razer Mini Madness is a Dota 2 tournament hosted by It’s Gosu eSports and generously sponsored by Razer. Eight of the best teams in Asia will compete and will try to bag the $500 prize. This tournament is the last opportunity for the teams to get ready for this year’s The International.

International Couriers *

We’ve a number of updates to the unreleased couriers, all three of these couriers are referenced as “International Couriers” as well as been listed in the Steam CDR (Content description record) database as retail products which at a guess means that they will be either released during TI2 or sold/handed out there.

Drodo the Druffin *

“item_type_name”: “International Courier”

“item_name”: “Drodo the Druffin”

“item_description”: “Discovered on an island in the Samareen Sea, this species of delicious dragon has been all but wiped out by hungry sailors. Druffins lack the sense that nature gives most creatures, but their limitless trust makes them good couriers in the thick of battle.”

The standard Drodo courier has a few of new animations: idle_fullbodyshake, run_flapwings and idle_adjuststance.

Body Shake:

Flying version:

Lockjaw the Boxhound *

“item_type_name”: “International Courier”

“item_name”: “Lockjaw the Boxhound”

The standard Lockjaw courier has also been updated with some new animations: idle2, idle3, death and spawn.

Idle 2:

Flying version:

Murrissey the Smeevil *

“item_type_name”: “International Courier”

“item_name”: “Murrissey the Smeevil”

Now has a flying version:

Updated Sound Files *

We’ve some more voice work for one of the older heroes.

Mirana’s Voicework *

Mirana has a number of new lines, you can listen to all the new ones here.

Highlight:

Unreleased UI Updates *

There is a new scaleform video in the files referred to as “ti2012 dashboard bg”, which will most likely to be used as the dashboard background during The International 2012 event.

In action:

Materials Update *

We’ve no new materials for the unreleased heroes in this week’s patch.

Particles Update *

We’ve one set of particle updates this week.

Medusa’s Particles *

We’ve some new particles for Medusa.

Predictions For The Next Hero *

Will return after The International 2012.

The International 2012 *

The International 2012 website has been updated with information on venue and location, it will continue to be updated over the coming weeks with player and caster profiles etc.

Also we now have confirmation that TI2 will be broadcasting live, for free, in game on Dota TV (as well as the usual live streams).

Soon™

Giveaway *

I will be giving out the prizes for last week’s giveaway later today because I wasn’t expecting ~2000 people to enter.

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  • Suikoden

    Medusa before Meepo?

    • Ryan Yeung

      no way! Fancy Geomancy!

  • Артем Матюшин

    Great job!

  • Chinabot

    Honk

  • Bariga

    Гавно патч =(

  • B4rfly

    FB

  • Jern

    ahaha! I was one of the 2000 people!

  • name

    meepno!

  • Grow Up and Blow Away

    Maybe I’m just part of a majority, but I feel like that windrunner image was directed at my comment from last week hahaha. Nice job as always matt

  • MeePwn

    “You can now request to swap hero with another player on your team via
    the scoreboard, this must be done before the first creeps spawn and is
    currently not available in Single Draft mode.”
    -and is not supposed to be available in Single Draft mode because that’s how the mode works.
    fixed for you. Also Cyborger, add me on steam, we need to talk srs business!

    • http://twitter.com/EthanBB Ethan

      You are incorrect, swap is available in Single Draft in DotA 1.
      You are supposed to be able swap heroes with friends, it’s about team tactics.

  • http://twitter.com/JIeGioHeR Сергей Бельцар

    waiting Ti2!!! it’s bad that i wont be able to watch it live =(

  • Nordol

    Also we now have confirmation that TI2 will be broadcasting live, for free, in game on Dota TV (as well as the usual live streams).

    good news

  • LightRedemption

    TI2 for free on DotaTV.
    Respect

  • http://www.facebook.com/chinmay.deval Chinmay Deval

    Thank god(GabeN) for free TI2 spectating!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarvesh.agrawal Sarvesh Agrawal

    when are the items gonna release ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/harryxaxa Imran Adzman

    Ahh..finally, the swap option! Oh, and free live broadcasting, that is just plain awesome! Thanks for the info Matt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jojoeds Joseph Joshua de Jesus

    waiting for my wardog :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/liam.donald.39 Liam Donald

    What? I was hoping there would be a special prize for buying in-game TI2 tickets… curse you Valve, why do you have to give stuff away for free!

    In other news, yay for free Dota TV for TI2!

  • h1991n

    Hey Cyborg, do you think BristleBack will be imported soon?

    • Krjal

      Man, I’ve been waiting for Rigwarl since TI1. Now we’ve gotta wait till after TI2!

      • http://twitter.com/EthanBB Ethan

        And I want Techies, wait in line. :D

  • Frazzlehoon

    Meepo is definately next.
    And really glad to see that TI2 will be completely free for viewers. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zaira-Vicere/100003482240394 Zaira Vicere

    The new Timebreaker is awesome! And they announced that it’s also permanently exclusive, as they’ll never re-release it! (despite naming it Vintage, perhaps Vintage will be the ‘time-limited’ tag in this game?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/betinhow João Pereira

    Cool stuff!

  • Eyal

    they wont add meepo till the TI2 will end.

  • http://twitter.com/TheHansenSE Niklas Hansen

    TI2 Spec for free, and Meepo soon to be released! (Hopefully!)
    Thx Matt of the Cyborg community.

  • vaan13

    so previous 2 weeks valve dont do anything about unreleased heroes or what?

    • cRUNcher

      it just means they didn’t put them in the actual live-patch, they still have internal builds where they are working on heroes, animations and stuff

  • An7hrax

    Any sweeds up for some TI2 party? :D

  • F4

    Timebreaker becoming the Rarest item in DOTA atm with this patch!

  • jari

    omfg international free? THX VALVE <3

  • Paskie!

    AWESOME!

  • Elbakro

    cant wait for the internationals!

  • FanDotA

    cm has a broken leg :s

  • Johan kling

    good guy GabeN

  • Di FAN

    just wondering y the particale effects of the mace cannot be seen in the game(as well as not in ur screenshot)

  • foungdaddy

    lol, isnt that cm’s old model?

  • dracon cow

    Where is a TECHIES?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.irving.90 Steven Irving

    New Invoker strange ranks:

    “DOTA_BackpackReplay” “Watch the Replay”

    ???

  • http://twitter.com/Synth_Cecrit Cecrit

    I still dont like the lockjaw courier, it does not fit in.

    anyways, good job cyborgmatt ;-)

    • Player13

      Are there any in-game screenshots yet? Best to see it there to determine whether it fits.

      Admittedly it is cartoony

    • Jooster

      It’s obvious that the model is unfinished.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeraldpunx Jerald Punx

    OH THANKS!!!

  • N o D

    YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! free TI2 on Dota TV!

  • redparry

    You have a long following

  • http://www.facebook.com/vitor.bortolettojunior Vítor Bortoletto Junior
  • fuse

    Free in game TI2, fuck ya

  • vRun

    Fucking love Turtle Courier !

  • Pappoose

    I want the Drodo courrier!

  • Tturbo

    Maybe Medusa will come before Meepo after the international ;)

  • http://twitter.com/INasseIR Nasser_S

    drodo courier is amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.feichtinger.3 Christian Feichtinger

    really cool although i dont dig the lockjaw courier that much… steam-id: I.C.Y.

  • gustav

    Hey cyborg, you forgot to mention the change on Nyx Impale visuals.
    It looks way better now

    • gustav

      actually they also changed Mana Burn skill Icon a lil bit

  • mostafa

    that CM

  • zStArSz

    Awesome news… Free spectating TI2 !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Oxspit Francisco Santorelli

    that weapon

  • RsX

    TI2 for free on DotaTV. Please betay key :)

  • peto

    where’s the winner?

    • retarded

      Giveaway

      I will be giving out the prizes for last week’s giveaway later today because I wasn’t expecting ~2000 people to enter.

    • Neon.Hitch

      Read the bottom -_-

  • RayMeit

    Drodo so awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravishankar.raghavan Ravishankar Raghavan

    Great!! Hope I win!!!

  • slLonY

    where is Silly Dragon Courier !!

  • CyrusTheV1rus

    Nice news, didn’t knew it that Timebraker is changed. And thx for the giveaways you make. Keep up with good work and news !

  • FAKER9

    plss i need key for dota 2 …. :(

  • jern

    what happen to the giveaway?

  • Ghostface

    No love for ember spirit? :(

  • zStArSz

    new courier on TI 2…..
    hope they giveaway for free when watch it live on DOTA TV :p

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjjJUxYe0QU Pete Steele

    AWWW YEAH! i was counting my money to see TI2

  • Ackz

    Yo I hope I didn’t win because some guy added me on steam and I accidentally ignored him. Looked for his name on steam but turns out there were 150 pages of guys with the same name. Went through all the pages and couldn’t find one with his picture.

    So yeah.

  • 雄骐 张

    where to see the list of winners :)

  • Pappoose

    This is probably a bad question.. But does anyone know if the Drodo is going to be for sale for the general public?

  • Ganz Anders

    Free TI2 ftw

  • http://www.facebook.com/gustespindola Gustavo Espíndola

    i know maybe its too late but hope never dies
    http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198059600232/
    please matt, id probably never have money for one

  • 825

    its good that TI2 is free to watch on DotaTV but i hope that the chat will be disabled, there’s a lot of keyboard retards in Dota 2, specially filipinos

    • robot_gobot

      You can disable it yourself by typing “tv_nochat 1″(without quotes) in the console.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000827672283 Leonard Chan

    where’s the giveaway ??

  • Yarkin

    Why u take so long to release the giveaway’s result :( nearly 1 week

  • Lama051

    Patience is virtue.
    It takes some time to go through 2k posts.

  • Yarkin

    Where is the fcking give away result!!!

  • Anthony

    y goblin techies not release until now